“The Natural” Brings Home the ‘Ship


"The Natural" was a jack of all trades to the highest degree
this past Saturday at CPA.


Jack Montague
delivered 35 points and double digit assists leading Tennessee an 81-74 victory over North Carolina capturing the inaugural
Tennessee Prep Hoops Nashville Fall League title.


Controlling the tempo of the game and scoring when the
situation called for it, Montague was critical in his teams rise.


Brandon Cook (CPA)
and Atul Agnihotri (Brentwood)
with 15 and 11 respectively for the winners.


Montague's scoring exploits overcame another sterling game
for powerful Anvil Nelson (Brentwood). The bruiser scored 30 and captured the
league scoring crown with his efforts. James
Cox (Brentwood)
added 21 in the loss.


Montague led a balanced Tennessee
scoring attack in the semi-final win over Florida (74-63). "The Natural" dropped 20
points while Donterio Dansby (Harpeth) added
18 and Jake Whitney (Ravenwood) finished
with 14.


Skyler Sims (CPA) led
all scorers with 29 in the loss. Ryan
Gentle (FRA)
added 10.


Nelson was again the top dog scoring 37 points leading North Carolina past
Georgia Tech in their semi-final win (80-73). Josh Williams (Lipscomb) scored 12, James Upshaw (Culleoka) added 11, and Alex Thomas (Ensworth) contributed 10 in the win.


Jonathan Fields
(White's Creek)
finished with 31 for Tech. Joining him in the scoring
column were Montrae Williams (Spring
with 17, Taylor Akers (CPA) finished
with 12 and Kiont Jones (Spring Hill) added


Clemson 92

Duke 41


Andy Moore
finished with 20 points leading Clemson past Duke 92-41 in the
first consolation game.


Andrew Wilson (Brentwood) finished with 18 and Kubi Sisiki (Overton) added 11.


Three players finished with 12 for Duke. Lee Dreaden (Nashville Christian), Killen Middleton (MTCS)
and Robert Veal (Ravenwood).



Vanderbilt 67

Kentucky 60


Keenan Froedden
sank 28 points leading Vanderbilt to a consolation victory over Kentucky 67-60. Tyler Dreher (CPA) added 17 in his
first game back from an injury.


Chris Cox (Big Sandy) led Kentucky
with 18. Dakota Priest (Nashville Christian) added 12 and Tate Travaglini (FRA) finished with 11.


We will announce an all-league team this Thursday along with
the final scoring leaders for the season. Thanks to everyone for a fun and
successful league.



Middleton Drops 43 but Sims and his 41 Garner Victory


The first round of the playoffs took an interesting turn at
the Tennessee Prep Hoops Nashville Fall League this past Saturday as some of
the top seeds from the two divisions fell in their opening playoff contest.


 Skylar Sims (CPA) converted a driving hoop then the front end of
the one and one and overcame another magical performance from shooting star Killen Middleton (MTCS) to give Florida, the 4th
seed in the SEC, a narrow 89-88 victory over Duke, who finished as the top seed
from the ACC.


For the record, Middleton finished with 43 points and Sims
garnered 41 of his own.


Sims scored on a variety of tough forays to the bucket and
aggressive put backs along the way. He was assisted in the scoring column by Ryan Gentle (FRA) who finished with 18
and Allen Heaston (CPA) and Andre
Gillespie (Hunter's Lane),
who finished with 15 and 13 points respectively.


Middleton was dynamic from deep converting 10 of 19 from
three for the majority of his points. Lee
Dreaden (Nashville
added 16 for Duke and Matthew
Wilson (CPA)
finished with 11.


Duke will take on Clemson in the 11:00 game on Saturday with
Florida taking on a familiar foe Tennessee in the opening
game at 9:00. The winner of the Florida/Tennessee contest will advance to the
title game at 1:00.



Tennessee 65

Clemson 59


Danterio Dansby
finished with 20 and Atul
Agnihotri (Brentwood)
added 16 leading Tennessee to the tough 65-59 victory over


proved to be the only higher ranked squad that was victorious on this day. Jake Whitney (Ravenwood) added 13 for
the victors.


Andy Moore
took game high scoring honors with 25, including some tough
shots and deep threes to keep Clemson close late in the ball game. Cham Quao (Webb
School) and Andrew Wilson (Brentwood)
finished with 11 and 10 respectively.


Tennessee will tangle with Florida at 9:00 on
Saturday and the winner will advance to the title game at 1:00. Clemson battles
Duke at 11:00.



Georgia Tech 84

Vanderbilt 46


Five players in double digits led by Montrae Williams (Spring Hill) proved to be the recipe for success
as the Techsters rolled past Vandy 84-46.


Williams, who finished with 22, was joined in the scorebook
by Jonathan Fields (White's Creek) with
19, Kiont Jones (Spring Hill) added
14, T.J. Reece (Harpeth) finished
with 13 and local favorite Taylor Akers
contributed 10.


Jalen Lindsey (CPA) led
Vanderbilt with 15 and the league's third leading scorer Keenan Froedden (Sycamore), hampered by an aggravated ankle injury,
finished with 12.


Georgia Tech will battle North Carolina in the 10:00 showdown with
the winner securing a date with the Florida/Tennessee winner for the title at
1:00. Vanderbilt will battle Kentucky
at 12:00.



North Carolina 70

Kentucky 48


Aptly named Anvil
Nelson (Brentwood)
put the hammer down with 27 markers and helped lead North Carolina to a 70-48 bluegrassing of previously
unbeaten Kentucky.


Nelson scored on countless offensive caroms and tough
buckets in the paint to garner his totals.  James Cox (Brentwood)
added 11 in the victory and Josh
Williams (Lipscomb)
contributed 10 the winning cause.


Chris Cox (Big Sandy) led Kentucky
with 18. The rising senior played his guts out for the shorthanded Cats.


North Carolina
gets new blood and a date with Georgia Tech at 10:00 on Saturday. The winner of
this contest advances to the ‘ship at 1:00.


will take on Vanderbilt at 12:00.


October 17th
Schedule (Championship Games)


9:00 Florida vs. Tennessee (Game 1)


10:00 Georgia Tech vs. North Carolina (Game 2)


11:00 Duke vs. Clemson (Game 3)


12:00 Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky
(Game 4)


1:00 Florida/Tennessee winner vs. Georgia Tech/North
Carolina winner (Championship Game)

The “King” Shows Them the Way


What started out as a blowout got a bit tight in the fourth
and final stanza of the championship game of the Music City Fall League!


"King" Arthur
McMillan (Hillsboro)
dangled 28 points and rising junior star Andre Brown (Clarksville Northwest) added
22 as the Wildcats survived 30 points from Teraes
Clemmons (Mt. Juliet)
and slipped past the Hoyas 100-92.


A blowout till midway thru the final stanza saw some
creative hoopin' by the Hoyas and a Clemmons bucket with 1:32 on the clock cut
the Wildcat lead to 92-88.


Brown then ended all the comeback nonsense with a tough dunk
and the Wildcats captured the crown.


Joining Clemmons in the scoring column for the Hoyas were Dabrell McLemore (Franklin)
with 24 and "So Smooth" Freddie Lee


Rising junior Justin
Perry (Overton)
added 18 for the Wildcats and Christian Little (McGavock) did a little bit of everything and
finished with 14 points.



Nashville Fall League Leading Scorers and Playoff Schedule

The playoffs get underway this Saturday at CPA for the
Tennessee Prep Hoops Nashville Fall League.


In the 9:00 game the SEC 4th seed Florida tangles with
Duke, the top seed from the ACC.


Next at 10:00 the SEC's 3rd seed Tennessee battles
Clemson, the ACC's 2nd seed.


Following this at 11:00 Vanderbilt, who finished 2nd
in the SEC will go to war with Georgia Tech who finished 3rd in the
rugged ACC.


Finally unbeaten Kentucky,
the top seed in the SEC goes up against high scoring North Carolina who finished in 4th
in the ACC.


Here are the top 15 scorers in the league based on at least
two games played:


Anvil Nelson (Brentwood)

Jonathan Fields (White's Creek) 26.0

Keenan Froedden (Sycamore) 24.7

John Ross Glover (USJ) 23.5

James Cox (Brentwood) 23.0

Jack Montague (Brentwood)

Chris Cox (Big Sandy)

Skylar Sims (CPA) 20.0

Andrew Wilson (Brentwood)

Robert Veal (Ravenwood) 16.7

Jalen Lindsey (CPA) 16.3

Killen Middleton (MTCS) 15.7

Montrae Williams (Spring Hill) 15.7

Jess Morris (Harpeth) 14.7

Taylor Akers (CPA) 13.7

Lee Ignites the Folks at the Music City Fall League


Andre Brown (Clarksville Northwest) led
a balanced group of scorers in the final game of action at the Music City Fall
League this past Saturday.


Brown, who finished with 20, was joined in the scoring
column by Dabrell McLemore (Franklin) with
17 and "King" Arthur McMillan (Hillsboro) with 16
points. Antwaun Van Lier (Hunter's Lane)
added 14 in the 96-75 trouncing.



Commodores 93

Tigers 86


Denzel Clark (White's
scored 25 points leading the Commodores over the Tigers 93-86 in
this high scoring affair. Clark converted some
deep shots and found time to dish some timely assists as well.


Kwasi Tripp
added 17 on sheer effort hoops and Isiah Harrison (Hillsboro)
chipped in 16.


Luke Baum (Webb School)
scored 21 for the Tigers in defeat. A.J.
Johnson (Hunter's Lane)
added 17.



Razorbacks 80

Wolverines 78


Billy Hughes (Hunter's
ran the show and Koreyon
Watkins (McGavock)
finished with a double/double leading the Razorbacks to
a tough 80-78 overtime triumph over the Wolverines.


Adison Hardaway
(Hunter's Lane)
finished with 15 points for the Wolverines. Quillyon Hagan (Maplewood) and Greg Brooks (Cane Ridge) were
sighted for the solid efforts.



Buffaloes 88

Runnin' Rebels 81


Delando Head (Hunter's
exploded for 39 points and "
So Smooth" Freddie Lee (Maplewood)
added 25 leading the Buffs to an 88-81 defeat of the Rebels.


Hollis Edwards
led the Rebs with 18 and played well from the lead guard spot,
while Christian Little (McGavock) added
13 including a couple of breakaway dunks.



Kentucky Finishes Unbeaten to Conclude Regular Season

Jake Lazas
scored 22 points and Kentucky finished the regular season up
beaten with a 71-66 win over a tough Tennessee squad to capture the top spot in
next weeks playoff openers.


Lazas and Chris Cox
(Big Sandy),
who went for 17, led a very
balanced scoring attack for Kentucky.


"The Natural" Jack Montague (Brentwood) led all
scorers with 26, while Danterio Dansby
added 18 for Tennessee
in the loss.


Kentucky will tangle with North Carolina in the
12:00 contest next Saturday. Tennessee
gets a match-up with Clemson at 10:00.



Vanderbilt 69

Florida 62


Keenan Froedden
scored 25 markers and Vanderbilt snagged the #2 spot in the SEC
with a hard fought 69-62 victory over Florida.


Jess Morris (Harpeth)
added 15 and highly touted youngster Jalen
Lindsey (CPA)
added 14.


Skylar Sims (CPA) led
Florida with
16 and Connor Brandon (Wilson Central) finished
with 12 in the loss.


Vanderbilt will tussle with Georgia Tech on Saturday at
11:00 while Florida
battles the ACC top seed Duke in the opener at 9:00.



Georgia Tech 97

North Carolina 81


Jonathan Fields
(White's Creek)
led five teammates in double figures with 24 and overcame a
monster effort from North Carolina's Anvil Nelson (Brentwood)
to outscore the Heels 97-81.


Nelson finished with 38 points on an array of low-post
moves, drop steps and short finishes in the lane.


Fields was assisted in the scoring column by Kiont Jones (Spring Hill) added 23, Montrae Williams (Spring Hill) chipped
in 18 and Taylor Akers (CPA) and Britt
Headden (Franklin Classical)
scored 15 each for Tech.


James Cox (Brentwood)
added 18 and James Upshaw (Culleoka)
scored 14 for North Carolina.


Despite the win Georgia Tech finishes 3rd in the
ACC and will tangle with the SEC's #2 seed Vanderbilt in game action at 11:00
on Saturday.



Clemson 66

Duke 55


Clemson had five players in double figures led by Clay Lineberry (TCA) with 17 to knock
Duke from the ranks of the unbeaten 66-55.


A potential blow-out got into single digits with some timely
shooting from James Wilson (CPA), who
finished with 14, and some tough buckets from Robert Veal (Ravenwood), who led all scorers with 19 in the loss.


Andrew Wilson
(Brentwood) and Andy Moore (Ravenwood)
finished with 11 each and Cham Quao (Webb School)
and Kubi Sisiki (Overton)
both added 10 in the win.


With a three way tie in the ACC, Duke still managed to grab
the top spot on point differential and will play Florida in at 9:00 on Saturday.


Clemson will tangle with Tennessee at 10:00.


The schedule will be posted again with the leading scorers

Nashville Fall League Scoring and Schedule

Week #2 of the Tennessee Prep Hoops Nashville Fall League
concluded with some exciting action and some big performances from some very
talented youngsters.


In the SEC Division Kentucky is currently sporting a 2-0
record and they will battle with Tennessee
(1-1) at 11:00 this Saturday.


Over in the ACC, Duke also remains unbeaten at 2-0 and will
tangle with high scoring Clemson (1-1) in the day's finale at noon.


Here is a rundown of the schedule for Saturday, October 3rd
at CPA


9:00 Vanderbilt (1-1) vs. Florida (0-2)

10:00 North
Carolina (0-2) vs. Georgia Tech (1-1)

11:00 Tennessee (1-1) vs. Kentucky (2-0)

12:00 Duke (2-0) vs. Clemson (1-1)


Here are the top 15 scorers in the Nashville Fall League
thus far:


Jonathan Fields (White's Creek) 27.0

James Cox (Brentwood) 25.5

Keenan Froedden (Sycamore) 24.5

John Ross Glover (USJ) 23.5

Anvil Nelson (Brentwood)

Chris Cox (Big Sandy)

Skylar Sims (CPA) 22.0

Jack Montague (Brentwood)

Andrew Wilson (Brentwood)

Killen Middleton (MTCS) 19.5

Jalen Lindsey (CPA) 17.5

Dakota Priest (Nashville
Christian) 16.0

Robert Veal (Ravenwood) 15.5

Lee Dreaden (Nashville
Christian) 14.5

Jess Morris (Harpeth) 14.5


See you on Saturday!!!!!!!!!!



Rocky Top Final Scoring Leaders and All-League Teams


Team Kimber captured the championship in the inaugural Pilot
Rocky Top High School Fall League which concluded this past Saturday at Maryville College.


Here is the final list of the scoring leaders (Top 25) and
with input from the coaches we have chosen a 1st and 2nd
Team with two alternates for both the Knoxville
players and the county players including MVP's for both divisions.


Final Scoring Leaders
(Top 25)


Galen Campbell (Fulton)

Lester Wilson (Carter) 25.6

Jalen Steele (Fulton)

Austin Gardner (Morristown
East) 17.6

Tyler Vittetoe (Union
County) 17.2

Devin Jackson (Knoxville
West) 16.6

Robert Boyd (Fulton)

Dwight Tarwater (Knoxville
Webb) 15.8

C.J. Alred (Clinton)

Jaeland Lawson (Bearden) 13.8

Jose Agosto (Gatlinburg-Pittman) 12.4

Dennis Ramsey (Claiborne) 12.4

Dre Matthieu (Knoxville
Central) 12.2

Matt Cox (Knoxville
Catholic) 11.6

Sharp (Alcoa) 11.6

Tyler Smith (Anderson
County) 11.6

Reggie Garrett (Fulton)

Micah Ballard (William Blount) 10.8

Caleb Barrett (Knoxville
West) 10.8

Linwood Holloway (Knoxville
Central) 10.8

Landon Hunley (Farragut) 10.8

Marquis Wall (Gatlinburg-Pittman) 10.8

Zach Sherrill (Stone Memorial) 10.6

Phillip Stanford (Knoxville
West) 10.6

Cameron Langley (Maryville)



Knoxville Division 1st Team All-League

Jalen Steele (Fulton)

Lester Wilson (Carter)

Galen Campbell (Fulton)

Dre Matthieu (Knoxville

Robert Boyd (Fulton)


Knoxville Division 2nd Team All-League

Devin Jackson (Knoxville

Landon Hunley (Farragut)

Dwight Tarwater (Knoxville

Phillip Stanford (Knoxville

JuJuan Williams (Knxoville West)


Special Mention:

Matt Cox (Knoxville

Will Winton (Bearden)


County Division 1st Team All-League

Austin Gardner (Morristown
East) MVP

Tyler Vittetoe (Union

Dennis Ramsey (Claiborne)

C.J. Alred (Clinton)

Micah Ballard (William Blount)


County Division 2nd Team All-League

Zach Sherrill (Stone Memorial)

Tyler Smith (Anderson

Jose Agosto (Gatlinburg-Pittman)

Sharp (Alcoa)

McKinley Maples (Gatlinburg-Pittman)


Special Mention:

Mason Fox (Stone Memorial)

Cory Billingsley (Sweetwater)

Players Shine as Team Kimber Captures Rocky Top Crown


Just like in the movies..


Auburn commitment Jalen
Steele (Fulton)
proved to be clutch down the
stretch as Team Kimber pulled out a 69-63 victory over a determined Team Brown
to capture the inaugural Pilot Rocky Top High School Fall League Championship
at Maryville College.


Steele, who would finish with 17, scored a leaner in the
lane to give his squad a 65-60 advantage with just over a minute left on the


Shooting sensation Austin
Gardner (Morristown
proceeded to drain his third three of the game and closed the gap to
65-63 with just under .32 ticks left on the clock.


Team Brown would cause a turnover but couldn't convert the
foul shots to tie the contest and Steele stepped to the line with the game in
his hands. He did not disappoint.


It was a tight contest throughout with the lead never
getting more than 5 either way. Lipscomb commitment Robert Boyd (Fulton)
played his usual game of outstanding defense and finished with 12 points.


Balance defined the Team Kimber scoring output with TaShawn Kelly (Knoxville Central) finishing
with 9 and a trio of balers adding 8 points including Phillip "Tookie" Stanford (Knoxville West), Reggie Garrett (Fulton) and
rising freshman Shannon Hale (Science


Jose Agosto
led Team Brown with an inspired 21 points, including
12 in the second half. The rising junior saved his best performance for the
finale showing when he puts on his game face there are few in East
Tennessee who can guard him in the post.


finished a fantastic Fall League with 15 and McKinley Maples (Gatlinburg-Pittman) added 13.


My hat goes off to the effort of both teams and their will
and determination to capture the title.




Team Pierson 87

Team Stewart 48


Lester Wilson
finished with 31 points and led Team Pierson to the 3rd
place finish over Team Stewart 87-48.


JuJuan Williams (Knoxville West) added
15 in the victory.


C.J. Alred (Clinton) finished an
outstanding overall fall league effort with 13 points. He was joined in the
scoring column by Cory Billingsly
who finished with 10.




Team Naler 55

Team McNeeley 52


Dre Matthieu (Knoxville Central) led
all scorers with 16 points and proved much larger than his 5'7 frame in the
clutch helping Team Naler escape with a 55-52 win over a tough Team McNeeley.


Matthieu proved to be the difference with his ball decisions
and ability to get to the rim at will. Joining him in the scoring were Linwood Holloway (Knoxville
Central) and Phillip Stevens (Knoxville
with 10 points each.


Ty McBrayer (William
led his squad with 14 and Logan
Sharp (Alcoa)
finished with 10.




Team Watts 73

Team Buckner 58


Galen "G-Smoov"
Campbell (Fulton)
scored a league high 38 points and helped Team Watts finish strong with a
73-58 victory over Team Buckner.


scored 25 of his points in the second when Team Watts broke open the close
contest late.


Dwight Tarwater (Knoxville Webb) finished
a special overall fall league effort with 14.


Balance was the flavor of the day for Team Buck as four
players finished in double figures led by Chase
Buckner (Union County)
with 12. Dennis Ramsey (Claiborne) proved to be
one of the surprises of the entire league playing consistent basketball for the
duration; his efforts netted him 11 points but some serious interest from the
college coaches that flocked to the finale.


Tyler Smith (Anderson County) was a beast on the defensive
end making several timely steals and finished with 10 points, while Andy Farmer (Grainger) shows there is
something in the Rutledge water that makes these guys better shooters, he
finished with 10 as well.





Team Benjamin 58

Team Hunley 57


Zach Sherill (Stone
converted a nice bank shot with .8 left on the clock to give Team
Benjamin a nice come from behind win over Team Hunley.


Down by 11 with just under 7 minutes left a flurry of
activity brought Team Benjamin back into the contest including some timely
shooting from Mason Fox (Stone Memorial)
and Lane Gonzalez (Oak Ridge).


Dion Fair (Bearden) kept
his squad in the game with some clutch three point shooting of his own but his
leaner at the buzzer for the game winner fell just short.


Gonzalez was high scorer with 16 followed a pair of his high
school teammates Will Thompson (Oak Ridge) with 12 and Tyrece Irons (Oak Ridge)
with 10.


Will Winton (Bearden)
returned to action finishing with 12 points. Fair and Lucas Branch (Knoxville
added 10.





Team Johnson 69

Team Laverdiere 49


Devin Jackson (Knoxville West) dropped
19 and helped Team Johnson close the season on a high note winning 69-49 over a
depleted Team Laverdiere.


Jaylen Allen (Science
played an outstanding floor game finishing with 13 points and Caleb Barrett (Knoxville West) added 10.


Tyler Vittetoe (Union County)
finished with 18 points and Alan
Holt (Anderson County)
added 11.



Thanks to everyone for making this a fantastic fall league
and I truly hope we can do it again next year..



Montague Shines in Nashville Fall League Action

Week #2 of the Nashville Fall League saw another great set
of close games with some outstanding individual performances.


Clemson 84

North Carolina 74


Andrew Wilson
scored 24 points and John
Ross Glover (USJ)
added 20 leading Clemson past North Carolina 84-74 in the
opening game of the TPH Nashville Fall League this past Saturday at CPA.


Andy Moore
chipped in with 13 and Kubi
Sikisi (Overton)
finished with 10 in the win.


James Cox (Brentwood) led all scorers in this game with 31
despite the loss. Anvil Nelson (Brentwood) chipped in 24.




Duke 86

Georgia Tech 63


Killen Middleton
(MTCS), Robert Veal (Ravenwood) and Dakota Priest (Nashville Christian)
combined for 62
points leading a balanced Duke squad past Georgia Tech 86-63.


Middleton (21pts), Veal (21pts) and Priest (20pts) were
assisted in the ultra balanced scoring column by Lee Dreaden (Nashville
with 18.


Jonathan Fields
(White's Creek)
was the day's high scorer with 36 in the losing effort.



Tennessee 63

Florida 56


Jack "The Natural"
Montague (Brentwood)
scored 26 points and dished out numerous assists
leading Tennessee to a tough 63-56 victory
over a determined Florida


Montague was awesome at controlling the games tempo and was
the catalyst in helping his teammates Jake
Whitney (Ravenwood) and Atul Agnihotri (Brentwood),
who added 11 and 10, with their scoring exploits.


Skylar Sims (CPA) led
Florida with
14. He was joined in the scoring column by Andre
Gillespie (Hunter's Lane)
with 11 and Connor
Brandon (Wilson Central)
with 10.




Kentucky 70

Vanderbilt 68


Chris Cox (Big Sandy) dropped a game high 25 points and helped lead Kentucky past Vandy
70-68 in the days tightest contest.


Cox proved to a match-up problem for Vandy hitting big shots
down the stretch. He was joined in the score book by Nick Walker (Nashville
with 12 and Cole Robinson
with 10.


Despite the loss Vandy had a huge effort led by young
sensation Jalen Lindsey (CPA) who
finished with a double/double of 23 points and 11 boards. Keenan Froedden (Sycamore) continued his sterling play adding 21
and Jess Morris (Harpeth) added 13
in the loss.


I will be able to attend the game this weekend at CPA and I
truly look forward to catching the action....